Heard of the Nyege Nyege Festival in Uganda?
It is widely regarded as Africa’s premier electronic music festival, earning this title from Factmag and numerous attendees who have experienced its magic firsthand.
Afropollination is bringing the Nyege Nyege spirit to Berlin after having performed on the MS Stubnitz in Hamburg and in Dortmund, taking place on 17 and 18 June at Festsaal Kreuzberg.
This event promises an exciting lineup and unique performances, including:
# One-of-a-kind collaborations between Nyege Nyege artists and some of Berlin’s most innovative artists resulted from the Afropollination project’s collaborative efforts.
# Engaging dance performances and workshops designed to include festival visitors of all backgrounds and skill levels.
# Dive into experimental sounds and rhythms of Singeli, Balani, Gqom, Afrobeats and much more.
# Experience the special opening Cinema Live Performance by Vincent Moon, the wizard filmmaker and sound explorer who travels the world documenting music from experimentations in electronics to rare shamanic rituals.
After successful residencies aboard the MS Stubnitz in Hamburg and sold-out shows and workshops at the CTM Festival in Berlin last winter, Afropollination returns to Germany for the final phase of the groundbreaking project. Bringing together musicians, producers, performers, dancers, and DJs from Mali, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Ivory Coast, Uganda, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, and Germany, Afropollination showcases some of the most thrilling and innovative performances in experimental, electronic, and club music.
The project was launched in Uganda with artists embarking on residencies around the Nyege Nyege Festival last September. Its second phase, held last winter, witnessed the birth of six entirely original artistic collaborations, pushing the boundaries of creativity to new heights. These remarkable performances took place aboard the Motorship Stubnitz in Hamburg and at the CTM Festival for Adventurous Music and Art in Berlin which supports an open, networked, mutually collaborative, global music culture around sold-out shows and workshops at Berghain, HAU 2 and RSO.
The upcoming shows in Hamburg, Dortmund, and Berlin mark the conclusion of the Afropollination project, promising a unique celebration of diverse musical and dance expressions.
*DEFINITION: “POLLINATION IS THE TRANSFER OF POLLEN LATER ENABLING FERTILIZATION AND THE PRODUCTION OF SEEDS, MOST OFTEN BY AN ANIMAL OR BY WIND.”
This project aims to encapsulate the process of artistic and social cultural pollination: facilitating the creative encounters between artists, genres, disciplines, identities, ideas, cultures, technologies and communities from various regions of Africa and Germany, taking and giving to and from one another, create new forms of expression and bring new inspirations, works and ideas to light while connecting to new audiences.
The focus on Africa leads both German and African artists to work on deconstructing existing hardware and software to re-appropriate and re-purpose them.
Music and dance have always gone hand in hand in Africa, but unfortunately, when represented internationally, the two often get disentangled. This project aims to re-contextualize the music through its dance element and take it a step further by involving contemporary dancers and choreographers to create new modern interpretations linked to the music from the project.
17th -18th June: Afropollination closing event at Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin
Indoor and outdoor:with dance workshops and club night, Afropollination´s big bang will bring to Berliner audiences many artists of the project and their musical and performative collaborations. It will also feature music and dance collectives based in Berlin to allow more creative exchanges amongst artists and their respective audiences.